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We are a committed team of talented educators, experienced researchers, and insightful leaders, all working to improve the odds of success for students and educators.

Having the right people at McREL is vital to our mission. Our employees are passionate about the work they do, not only because we are helping to enhance lives, but also because we’re surrounded by diverse, enthusiastic, and innovative thinkers. We focus on developing and building McREL’s greatest asset—our employees—equipping them with the professional tools they need for success and happiness in the workplace. If your passion, beliefs, and skills align with our mission, consider working with us.

Helping educators flourish by ​turning research into co-created solutions
that transform teaching, learning, and leading

Mission Overview

Where We’ve Been

McREL is a non-profit education research and development organization that turns knowledge about what works in education into practical, effective guidance and training for K–12 teachers and education leaders across the U.S. and around the world. Since our founding in 1966, we’ve evolved and expanded, but our core mission remains: to help educators flourish by turning research into co-created solutions that transform teaching, learning, and leading.

Where We’re Going

Our heart and soul have remained true to our mission, and we’re more passionate than ever about helping educators, leaders, and students thrive. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Denver, Colorado, McREL continues its mission as one of the premier providers of research, guidance and contextualized solutions for teaching, learning, and leading that support more equitable student outcomes.


Culture & Benefits

Why it’s cool to work here

At McREL, we think globally and act locally, combining global expertise with local knowledge to co-develop services and solutions with our clients and partners. Using curiosity as our guide, we put our minds to work through research, program evaluation, data analysis, and studying best practices. Our clients are diverse, representing rural, suburban, and urban communities; indigenous, Native American, and First Nation communities; and school systems large and small. We also partner with other education companies and non-profits, particularly with our research and program evaluation services.
McREL provides competitive compensation and benefits, including:
  • Substantial insurance plan: health, dental, vision, accident, life, disability, and dependent coverage; flexible spending accounts; and an employee assistance program
  • Retirement plan with generous employer contribution
  • Time off for work-life balance that includes vacation days, personal days, sick leave, and paid holidays.
  • In compliance with the Federal Transparency in Coverage rule, please click here to view the negotiated service rates and out-of-network allowed amounts between health plans and healthcare providers—which have been formatted to allow researchers, regulators, and application developers to more easily access and analyze data.

How we’re organized…


Every school or education system has its strengths, challenges, climates, goals, and stakeholders. As collaborative partners with our clients, we help clarify their questions and identify the best research methodologies to match their needs. We help clients secure project funding by assisting with their proposal writing and crafting evaluation plans, and we help our clients build greater organizational and systems capacity.


Every problem provides an opportunity to learn, and, while some problems might look the same at first glance, often they are rooted in very different causes. Our job is to help our clients find that cause, and work collaboratively on the solution by listening, reviewing the evidence, and providing research-based, practical guidance on determining what works best to meet the challenge head-on.


Each of our employee’s voices help shape, strengthen, and guide our mission. At the heart of McREL operations is a team of dedicated, mission-driven staff members who support our clients and our internal teams, laying the foundation for success by delivering quality financial services, people & culture resources, information technology, institutional development, marketing, and communications services.